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Barefoot workshop sees David to go back to school

18 April 2018 

David Magowan, a CE specialist at Openreach found his experience as a volunteer at one of our Barefoot Computing workshops inspiring.

In fact, he was so motivated by his day delivering a workshop to teachers at Newfield Primary School in South Lanarkshire that he returned to work on the Barefoot project with the children, delivering sessions to all seven classes. 

David Magowan

David says: “Having delivered Barefoot workshops to teachers, I wanted to see first-hand how these resources are used in the class and how the pupils respond. I was amazed at how excited and eager they were to learn about technology, and how well the resources work in practice.

“It also gives me another layer of insight to improve any future workshops with teachers.”

David talked to the children about the importance of technology in our day-to-day lives, and showed them videos of where tech might go in the future, including driverless cars and checkout-free shops.

He adds: “Barefoot volunteering is a great way to get out into the local community and take these excellent resources to the teachers who will use them on the frontline. And it helps improve your presentation skills and boosts your confidence.”

Since Barefoot’s launch in the 2014-15 academic year, more than 1,000 of our employees have volunteered to deliver 3,000 free workshops. They’ve supported more than 50,000 teachers, reaching around 1.5 million school children across the UK.

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